Once upon a time there lived a woodcutter and his wife. Their early days were lived in bliss in a small wood cottage with their two children, Hansel and Gretel.
These two children grew up to be wise beyond their years. Hansel was smart, soft, and charming where Gretel was poetic, cautious, but quick-witted. The two children loved to skip stones in the lake half a mile over.
Hansel and Gretel spent most of their time finding the perfect, flattest skipping stones. Their collection of stones was large, as they spent more time collecting than actually skipping the rocks. Over time, they had acquired a strange companion – a bird, who would steal their stones and hide them in various places all over the land – though Hansel and Gretel knew not why.